Vitamin D

Vitamin D….remember you learnt about it at school…the story of those who for long months not always having access to the sun rays or to fresh fruit & veg and what the results were….well in sunny South Africa we have no shortage of sunshine and don’t often thing about taking a Vitamin D supplement but here in the UK, the winter months have significantly less rays of sunshine so yeah is quite a vital part of taking a supplement.  Ive included a more detailed explanation from the Holland & Barrett page as felt it was very easy read and explained for those who didn’t necessarily have a think about it…

Vitamin D

You might know that vitamin D is needed for bone health, and that it’s called ‘the sunshine vitamin’ because your skin makes it in response to sunlight. But you might still be wondering, ‘What does vitamin D do?’

Why is vitamin D important?

Vitamin D helps your gut absorb calcium, which is essential for strong bones and teeth. In your blood, vitamin D is needed for the absorption and utilisation of calcium and phosphorus, which work together to maintain bone health. But vitamin D isn’t just about bones – it’s also important for muscle function and immune health.

Am I at risk of vitamin D deficiency?

Yes, if you don’t spend enough time outside with uncovered skin during the summer months. From October to early March, the sunshine in the UK doesn’t contain enough UVB radiation for our skin to create vitamin D. This could leave you with low vitamin D levels. Some of the symptoms of lacking vitamin D include bone pain and fractures, aching joints, and muscle weakness. A vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone conditions such as rickets in children and osteomalacia or osteoporosis in adults.

How much vitamin D do I need?

All adults and children over the age of one need 10mcg of vitamin D a day. This includes pregnant and breast-feeding women, too. Babies under one need 8.5mcg of vitamin D a day.

Where can I get vitamin D from?

As well as sunlight, vitamin D is found in some foods such as oily fish, eggs, mushrooms, and fortified foods. The government recommends that everyone should consider taking a vitamin D supplement, particularly between October and March. If you don’t get enough sunshine – if you have darker skin, don’t get outside much, or cover up your skin, for example – you’re advised to take a vitamin D supplement year-round.



So get out in the sunshine 😉

Airport taxis Haslemere

My search for a small takeaway business took me to Haslemere. It is an attractive little town. But came away with the distinct impression that it would end up irritating the hell out of me.

It appears to have split into two. Either side of the railway station.

I arrived early and wandered up into town to find breakfast. There were more than enough restaurants willing to serve me coffee. But they were mostly various shades of your standard coffee chain. Too busy to bother with anything other than clients on the run. Breakfast Baps and pancakes. No full English breakfast in Haslemere anywhere except for the last one I tried.

And that I enjoyed.

Sat down to a filter coffee and pulled out my newspaper.

The other irritation was was a pub menu which deliberately ommited the prices. Pretentious, overdone and to be avoided. When I spoke to a local and asked the obvious question it was decribed as being a bit like just another Weatherspoons experience.

I suspect life in Haslemere would eventually get to me. Despite the fact the other side of town is more normal. Or so it would appear.

The owner, or one of the three owners, of the takeaway I had come to see, runs a taxi service in Haslemere. He has lived in the area for the past fourteen years and spends his time running an airport shuttle service from the London airports to Haslemere. They offer a twety four hour taxti service



Taxis to the airport from Haslemere